Is It Safe to Use an Exterminator During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to have insects exterminated while pregnant?
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ByJenna McCarthy
Updated
Mar 2017
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Think about the word exterminate. When that masked man comes into your house (or throws a giant circus-size tent over it), he’s got one goal: to kill. You probably want to steer clear of that mess.

Research published in _ Environmental Health Perspectives_suggests that limiting pesticide exposure when  pregnant may be linked to a reduction in childhood cancers for baby (as is limiting your child’s exposure to pesticides once he’s outside of your body). According to Hilda Hutcherson, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, it’s not safe for anyone — pregnant or not — to be around when the pest-control dude is doing his thing. So, if you’re overrun with pests and simply have to call the exterminator, practice extreme caution. Afterward, be sure to air the place properly following your extermination professional’s instructions.

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